Date: February 19, 1996|
Weather: sunny, dry, medium winds, cold
We took a total of 4 hours to complete the hike. The trail seemed to get
busier later in the day. The most spectacular views were the mountains
going straight up on either side of you. I've never seen anything like
I wouldn't attempt this hike when it is raining or is threatening to rain. Flash floods must happen often here because the channel is so narrow. And algae growth on the rocks suggest that the stream levels can get very high. But the worst thing is if you get caught in a flash flood, the sides just go straight up so there is no higher ground to run to.
May 7, 2001 - Unfortunately, the Ma'akua Gulch trail remains closed to the public indefinitely after the tragic 1999 Sacred Falls Landslide. "Located a valley over in the Hauula Forest Preserve, Maakua Gulch shares similar geographic features with Sacred Falls, prompting the state to close it after the Sacred Falls disaster."(Honolulu Star Bulletin)
Recommended book for hiking directions